SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery will close to the public beginning Friday, October 16, 2020. Learn More

American Decorative Arts
PrevNext1 of 2
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext2 of 2
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Robert J. King, American, 1917–2014
Designer: John Van Koert, American, born Canada, 1912–1998
Manufacturer: Towle Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1882

Place Setting, “Contour” Pattern

designed 1950; introduced 1951

Sterling silver

Knife: 8 7/8 in. (22.54 cm, 80 g) Dinner fork: 7 5/8 in. (19.37 cm, 60 g) Salad fork: 6 11/16 in. (16.99 cm, 48 g) Tablespoon: 7 in. (17.78 cm, 49 g) Teaspoon: 6 3/8 in. (16.19 cm, 39 g)
Gift of Anne Zehner
2001.48.1.1-.5
Geography: 
Manufactured in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view*
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Flatware
Provenance: 

Anne Zehner, Chevy Chase, Md., by 1998-2001

The donor, Anne Zehner, is a relative of Charles Withers, who was president of Towle when the Contour line was developed. She was encouraged to offer the Art Gallery this place setting by Margret Craver Withers, Charles's widow, who gave the coffee spoon (1998.41.4).

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2001,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 122.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 370–71, no. 260.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.